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OPT STEM Extension Supplemental Information Sheet

Optional Practical Training (OPT) Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Extension Supplemental Information Sheet

STEM Extension Employment Authorization:

During your period of Post-Completion OPT, you are still in F-1 student status.

Application Process for OPT STEM Extension

 Step 1: Meet with your current supervisor to discuss your plan to submit the application for the OPT STEM Extension. If in agreement, your supervisor needs to send an email to International Student Affairs confirming your employment and the company’s status as an e-verify company.

Step 2: Contact International Student Affairs to discuss the extension and procedures.

Step 3: Prepare the application materials you must mail to USCIS within 30 days of creation of new I-20:

Step 4: Mail application materials to U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. If you list a Pennsylvania address on your Form I-765, application materials must be submitted to one of the addresses below. If you list an address elsewhere in the US, please find the appropriate address via the USCIS website.

Step 5: Receive Receipt Notice within 2-3 weeks.

Step 6: Receive EAD card within 2-3 months. You may continue working while you have a pending application for up to 180 days from the end-date of your initial EAD Card.


Students applying for post-completion OPT STEM Extension:

USCIS must receive the OPT application:

Requests for Evidence:

If you receive a request for further evidence (RFE) or a denial, there are specific deadlines by which you must respond. OIS can advise you how to proceed if this occurs.

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